NSDL EduPak Now Available: Why Use It?
Submitted by on Tue, 2009-03-31 08:15
Ithaca, NY, Boulder, CO The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is pleased to announce the premiere release of NSDL EduPak 1.0. Specifically designed for education, EduPak packages technology for digital storage, access and workflow into a convenient bundle designed to to jump start the essential “behind-the-scenes” framework that enables innovation in teaching and learning. Download EduPak 1.0 here: http://downloads.sourceforge.net/nsdl-core/edupak-1.0-rc1.zip.
Why use NSDL EduPak?
You are an educational researcher within a specific STEM discipline who has developed 1,000 resources that are learning objects, which include lesson plans and curricula. To find out how your resources will be used in homes and classrooms you need to organize and make them available on the Web. The NSDL EduPak digital library services platform for education can help. By downloading the freely available EduPak platform which consists of three Web services: the NCore Digital Repository (DR), the NCore Collection System (NCS) and Search, you have the ability to create a production-level technical digital library environment on your computer system for cataloging and sharing your resources.
STEP ONE: Download EduPak 1.0 here and follow installation instructions: http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/Community:EduPak
STEP TWO: Begin cataloging resources using the NCS. You may find it helpful to follow the National Science Digital Library’s (NSDL) metadata guidelines available at http://nsdl.org/collection/metadata-guide.php. This page provides helpful suggestions for those who are hosting their own web services as well those who are preparing collections for inclusion in the NSDL collection.
STEP THREE: Create a Web site that can search your resources. NCore Search allows you to customize the interface that will access this collection for the audience who will be using it.
Options for users such as textual and field-based searches (audience, subject, resource type or content standard), as well as geospatial search can be integrated with Web 2.0 applications such as Google Maps.